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Vertumnus and Pomona
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Vertumnus and Pomona


Domenico Fetti (1589-1624)

Oil on copper

Width: 25.7 cm ( copper ); Height: 18.7 cm ( copper ); Width: 36.1 cm ( frame ); Depth: 3.7 cm ( frame ); Height: 29 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
Here Vertumnus, the god of gardens, is masquerading as an old woman in order to woo Pomona, the notoriously chaste goddess of orchards. The story, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was well-known in the seventeenth century. Fetti has chosen to depict the moment before Pomona fell in love with the handsome Vertumnus, when he threw off his disguise.

Fetti worked mainly in Mantua, where he was court painter to Ferdinando Gonzaga. He specialised in small-scale paintings. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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